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Wednesday, 1 October 1958

Mr DEAN (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As chairman, I present the third report of the Printing Committee.

Report read by the Clerk.

Mr. DEAN(Robertson). - by leave - I move -

That the report be adopted.

The Printing Committee of this House sat in conference with the Printing Committee of the Senate, and the Joint Printing Committee decided early in the year to make an investigation of the various sizes used for the printing of parliamentary papers and official reports. The committee sought the views of Mr. A. J. Arthur, Commonwealth Government Printer, Mr. W. G. Murray, Assistant Government Printer (Letterpress), Mr. C. L. S. Hewitt, First Assistant Secretary, Budget and Accounting Branch, Department of the Treasury, the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Bland), who is chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, and Mr. R. C. Davey, secretary of the Public Accounts* Committee. The relative merits of the five standard sizes from foolscap folio to royal octavo, have been discussed at length by the committee, and the further the investigation progressed the more evident became the need for a thorough investigation of the problems involved.

That is a very short summary, Sir, of the work done by the committee during the year. It included, among other things, a visit to the Government Printing Office, and the formation of several sub-committees, which interviewed the Government Printer on occasions other than those that I have justmentioned. The committee has reached general agreement on the need for standardization of parliamentary papers and official reports, and recommends that in the new Parliament an investigation should be made as to what size or sizes should be adopted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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